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Battlestar Galactica should be called Battlestar Ga-suck-tica

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 15th 2008 2:03PM

Battlestar GalacticaI finally caved. After all the hype and all the buzz, I gave in. I'm sick of avoiding headlines on blogs and it's frustrating to hear everyone chatting away about "Cylons this..." and "Caprica that..." while I stand by mute and clueless. I've finally started to watch Battlestar Galactica.

I should mention that I'm not completely in the dark. I've tried before. On a couple of occasions actually. I've had a burned copy of the three hour mini-series that started it all for some time now. I could never get through it. This time, I went all out though. I even shelled out the $55 for the season one DVD set. Now, I'm through the mini-series and I'm nine episodes into the season. Four to go before the finale and all of a sudden, I've stopped. I started thinking. What if I had watched the show, right from the get-go when it premiered back in 2005 along with everyone else? Let's pretend. Let's say it is 2005 all over again and episode nine just aired last night -- the one where Tigh's estranged wife shows up. Let's pretend that seasons 2, 3 and 4 don't exist yet. Cool premise? OK...

I don't see what the big deal is.

To be completely honest, I'm a little bored. For the most part, the acting is stale and rigid, it's chock full of sci-fi clichés, endless good vs. evil rotes, and I'm really not sure that I care if the humans lose to the Cylons.

To be fair, I suppose I should preface all of this by saying that I've never been a huge sci-fi fan. The genre never really "took off" for me? Get it? That's a rocket ship pun!

Bear with me though and hear what I have to say. Picture the mind-set you were in at this point in 2005 when you only had a few season one eps left. Were you really that enthralled? Were you already anticipating season two? Here's some of what's bugging me...

  • The Cylons don't seem all that smart: They keep screwing up! It's a wonder Adama and his people haven't beat them at their own game of cat and mouse. If these things are so good, then why haven't they won? Which leads me to my next point....
  • The humans don't seem all that smart either: They're scrambling around just as bad and at times, it's comical. I specifically remember one scene where a bunch of Viper pilots were goofing off around a pile of live rockets and one went off! If we're ever under attack by robots we built, I'd like to think we'd be less careless.
  • I don't buy the Cylon technology: Someone want to explain to me how they made those human Cylons? Don't actually explain it to me... I don't want to be spoiled. Again, remember "this is 2005." I'm sure the answers come in a later season. But this is a big one, and some hints now would be nice. I just don't see how they made the jump from "toaster" to full blown human like that. Why aren't there any intermediate models with metal feet, human fingers, and ears all over the place? I assume they made some mistakes perfecting the 12.
  • Baltar is a tool: I don't like him. Ignoring that fact that he got duped by Number 6 and unknowingly aided in the attack, he's still a tool. But by virtue of his knowledge and connection to the Cylons, he's a sort of anti-hero that we're forced to root for. I don't like that.
  • Now that the whole fleet knows Cylons look human...: There's no way it stays that calm. There's what? Around 40,000 people on the remaining ships at this point? There should be mass panic and widespread rioting. My point is that I don't feel like anyone is afraid or worried. As a result, I don't feel that way either. It should feel frantic. It doesn't.

Now I realize just about everyone is going to rag on me for speaking too soon, before I've watched the rest of the show and caught up. But remember my original point. This is what I would have written back in '05 if I had seen the show then. Something must have really changed, because at this point, I don't see what everyone is so frakking excited about.

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soulofastro

Mr. Toomey is absolutely right. I came into the series stone cold and by episode 9 the series had already lost me. The difference is, I'm a big sci fi fan. This show sucks.

April 12 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blaec

Its good you stopped watching - stay that way, season 4 is so crap... Maybe its because I was young and imaginative 3 years ago and just grew out of this whole story (which is pretty good for the 1st 2 seasons). Now they just keep throwing morale and ethics around, barely any action and I just dont see the plot going anywhere. The plots a lot more character driven now too, and I don't like any of them.

Im just watching to see when they ACTUALLY get to Earth... Then that'll be it, I can put another shit series behind me

April 28 2008 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the Swamp Rabbit

Frak me?

Well frell you....

I love BSG but Farscape has a much better fake curse word... Still, I whooped when someone said "frak" over on 30 Rock last week! LOL

April 22 2008 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John White

Thats right- what were we thinking. Intelligent, writing good acting(Nay- great acting), belivable characters, real human beings, pathos and heaven forbid-spirituality. FRAK ME!
I'm should go home and watch South Park, and 2 and 1/2 men.

April 22 2008 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John White

Thats right- what were we thinking. Intelligent, writing good acting(Nay- great acting), belivable characters, real human beings, pathos and heaven forbid-spirituality. FRAK ME!
I'm should go home and watch South Park, and 2 and 1/2 men.

April 22 2008 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

I've tried to stick the show out till the bitter end and it's become increasingly harder every season. It's like Lost only slower. I am sick and tired of the characters and story lines moving in slow motion. And then you put commercials in the mix and that slows everything down even further. I Tivo the show now so I can zip through the commercials and even some of the drag out scenes in an effort to speed it up. Wonder why this or is it next season is the last? Well...I...can't...saayyyy...blahh...blaaahh SPEED IT UP!!

April 21 2008 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

I was persuaded to watch the show after a friend had bought season 1 on DVD. I was a huge fan of the first two seasons and have returned to watching Season 4, but to sum things up, you're pretty much right. The acting, particularly Gaius and Helo, has gotten pretty bad. It's worse than in Seasons 1 and 2, so if you're going to continue watching, prepare yourself. If the only thing holding your attention is the dogfights and cannon battery fights, you're in for a disappointment as the show moves along. It gets more and more enamored with its own philosophies, some of which are explored at a painfully slow rate for the viewer.

April 19 2008 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

The best thing everyone should have done is to completely ignore this blog. Come to think of it I just contradicted myself because I just posted on the blog I shouldn't have because we should not give our valuable attention to this blog which I just did and....ahhhhhhgggggg....

April 16 2008 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

ah to each his own...go back and watch the entirely predictable and boring network TV. You need something slower to watch so you can understand and not think.

April 16 2008 at 9:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jack

Like msot Sci Fi shows this station cancells the shows that put them on the map so to speak.
Galatica was written in suck a dark, danky way that the writers could not get out of it, hence the show just went off on to so many tangents that you loose interest so fast, as with the speed of this show, or lack there of.
No, the Sci Fi channel doesn't listen to our comments with such writers as Mallozzi and Mullie, their egos have gotten so big, Atlantis is now Dr. McCays personal show, which totally turns me off, so tired of hearing him complain about this and that, but Atlantis isn't worth watching any longer. Galactica is much like that, the quality was there, but then the writers needed to try and get etherial and deep.That is what cost this show, like Atlantis being given a Peoples Choice award, like that proved anything, it was against Dr.Who and Galactica, so go figure.
Since I am banned from the Scifis boards, figured I would just speak out here.

April 16 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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